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UFC Cuts Jon Fitch

By Matt Scott (November 20, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

Over a video game? Well, it’s true.

Jon Fitch refused to give the UFC exclusive rights to his video game name and likeness, and was handed his walking papers for it.

Dana White’s side of the story:
_”We’re looking for guys who want to work with us and not against us, and frankly I’m just so [expletive] sick of this [expletive] it’s not even funny. Affliction is still out there trying to build its company. Let [Fitch] go work … (Read more)

Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 add Brock Lesnar to the list

By Mike Crowley (November 19, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

Emelianenko wants to fight Lesnar.
M-1 issued an official statement stating respect for Lesnar “as an accomplished athlete and a talented fighter.” They would like to jointly promote a fight between Emelianenko and Lesnar, but they do not consider him to be the No. 1 heavyweight, and they feel that Lesnar would loose in the first round.
M-1 did congratulate Brock Lesnar for his win, “as well as … (Read more)

Paulo Filho Cut Loose by WEC

By Matt Scott (November 18, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

The November 17th issue of the Wrestlng Observer has the story, pointing out that he likely will not be heading to the UFC either.

This is disappointing news for fight fans, who saw Filho go 16-0 into his last fight.

It was also apparent that his head was simply “not there”, and will likely need psychiatric assistance if he is to ever return to the sport.

Anderson Silva Training with Freddie Roach

By Matt Scott (November 18, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

The news has leaked out that Anderson Silva, UFC Middleweight Champion, has begun training his boxing with world renowned trainer Freddie Roach.

Roach has been training former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski for some time now, and it’s intriguing to see Roach accept more MMA fighters.

This could create even more danger for Silva’s opponents on the feet, but could also be forewarning that Silva’s career could likely be cut short due to a desire to persue professional boxing.

Randy "The Natural" Couture Mulling Over Fate

By Jeffrey Schiller (November 18, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog
Randy "The Natural" Couture's mug

Randy “The Natural” Couture has reached another turning point in his fighting career. There’s no doubt Randy will be around the MMA scene for years to come, but the role he will play in the future has come into question. After twenty-five professional fights, and countless hours spent in the gym training, “The Natural” must decide if his body and mind can hold out for future battles. Randy’s not making any decis… (Read more)

Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva Now Official

By Matt Scott (November 17, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

The long-awaited fight between Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will take place at UFC 94 on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The originally scheduled bout was to take place at UFC 89, but had to be postponned due to an injury that Silva recieved while training.

This will create a unique situation in the LightHeavyweight division. There will be one remaining undefeated fighter from this fight, as well as a winner of th… (Read more)

Maia Not Ready for Silva

By Matt Scott (November 17, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

Following Damian Maia’s quick dismantling of Nate Quarry at UFC 91, he announced his desire for a fight with current Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

FiveOuncesOfPain has the story:

“I feel ready for Anderson Silva,” said Maia. “I don’t want to say that I want to break his arm, but between us, I want to do that.”

_While impressed with Maia’s performance, UFC President Dana Wh… (Read more)

UFC 95: London, February 21

By Matt Scott (November 16, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

The UFC will return to London February 21, at the O2 arena. Terry Etim vs. Justin Buchholz is the only confirmed bout for this event, and it’s interesting that the UFC would announce an event without a major fight to hold together the card. This does leave many speculating as to who will headline, seeing as how in most European cards thus far, the UFC has tried to have a European fighter in the main event.

Kenny Florian: A Legitamite Threat

By Matt Scott (November 16, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

Kenny Florian left no doubt in anybody’s mind. After submitting an impressive-looking Joe Stevenson, he shouted this to the audience:

“This is exactly what I want to do out here. Now I want B.J.’s belt. B.J. you’re one of the best fighters out here. I’m here to test myself. I consider you a master. It’s time to kill that master.”

Now, don’t take everything Florian said too seriously. He was clearly trying to give … (Read more)

And Then There Were Three

By Matt Scott (November 16, 2008)
Posted in MMA Blog

Following last night’s TKO victory over Randy Couture, the new Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar still faces many unanswered questions. Personally, I find it hard to feel like Lesnar is deserving of the belt. Had Couture not be MIA on his quest to fight Fedor Emilianenko, Nogueira and Mir would have been given title shots in his place.

Regardless of technicalities, Lesnar put on an impressive showing, dropping the veteran wi… (Read more)

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